Nostalgia Alert! Here’s Why We Love Vintage Needlework Christmas Stockings
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This decoration truly stands the test of time.
I love decorating for the holidays. There’s something so magical about displaying the same items, year after year. Whether it’s the wooden sleigh from my grandfather or the reindeer ornaments I collect, my Christmas decor is strongly tied to nostalgia.
One item in particular takes center stage: the cross-stitch Christmas stockings my mother made when I was a child. Each year they’re proudly hung from the mantel, a true labor of love. These stockings are a tradition in my family—and with many of my coworkers, too. Here’s what you need to know about this old-school trend—and how to bring it home for the holidays.
Next, check out these other vintage Christmas decorations we love.
How to Make Stitched Christmas Stockings
If you’re crafty with a needle, there are plenty of festive stocking patterns on sites like Etsy. Cross-stitchers will love this snowy Santa or festive moose, while crocheters will appreciate these chunky cabled stockings. Knitting your stockings? Try this adorable holly pattern. And, if you want a real throwback, try a latch hook stocking kit.
Regardless of the method, we suggest starting early. You’ll likely need a few weeks (if not months!) to finish, especially if you’re stitching stockings for multiple family members or have chosen a complex design.
Where to Buy Them
Short on time? There are plenty of options for pre-made, personalized stockings, too. Lands’ End has a number of festive options. As does Personal Creations. For a homemade touch, turn to these hand-knit beauties.
No matter the method, you can rest easy knowing your stockings will be a cherished addition to the holidays for years to come.